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Strange Illusion


Published 1945


"Adolescent believes that his widowed mother's suitor may have murdered his father. Stylish cheapie by the recognized master of stylish cheapies." - noir expert Spencer Selby


Producer Edgar G. Ulmer
Audio/Visual sound, Black & White

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Reviewer: primsue - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 12, 2012
Subject: Entertaining
Kind of a freaky beginning, could not see the people in the dark so I made the image smaller on the screen and then it was okay. I liked the boy and of course Regis Toomy (who my sister and I couldn't figure out who he was or what show he was on)but I was not impressed with any of the other characters. Calling your mother Princess??? I can't fit that in any era.
Reviewer: NightRelic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 29, 2010
Subject: Definitely worth a viewing
I thought the acting in this was rather second rate, sort of Leave It To Beaverish, which was weird given the storyline. But the story, based on Hamlet was quite well done. The dream sequence was good too. Definitely worth a viewing or too.

BABatson's review was pretty strange. almost forgot to review the movie.
Reviewer: moviedivatoo - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 5, 2010
Subject: Not at all bad!!
I was pleasantly surprized with this one it is pretty good and has some suspense. It's not Shakespeare, but its not bad!
Reviewer: Joe6500 - - May 31, 2010
Subject: Low budget noir Hamlet
Nobody else has mentioned this apparently. The plot is actually from Hamlet by Shakespeare.
Reviewer: dockboggs - - February 14, 2010
Subject: Strange Illusion
This is the secdond time I have downloaded from IA that a completed download turned out to be damaged. I downloaded the 512 MP4 file. Same thing happened with another possibly interesting noir -- Shocked, with VIncent Price. I got about 15 minutes in and even though the file asize was large, playback stopped and would not continue past the 15 minute mark.
Reviewer: BABatson - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 6, 2009
Subject: Not Silly Pre-Adolescent Fare
In those days, youth was afforded more dignity, and they carried themselves accordingly. Here is one to sit back with [someone] on a rainy afternoon; it will not continually drag you down into the mire, like 'Strange Loves of Martha Ivers'. It is well-carried. As a Christian, I have my views of life that take such things as appear here conjointly with his Faith. It disturbs one to see these otherwise fine old films be religion-neutral -- America was not that way until after the 1870s immigrations which brought in them who made America's film industry their own. Before 1865, everyone respected Christian or Jewish or Deist faiths, and God rarely was questioned, remembering though that Carl Marx's 'dialectical materialism' as a movement began circa 1835. But Strange Allusion has nothing to do with religious faith -- and in that, it rather provokes one in the sense of simulating thought. The filming is decent, as is the moral timbre, and not confined to inside-studios but evidently shot 'on location' after the unusual Introduction, about which fear not, for it is not a William Castle (and who is that other guy?) "cheapee" after all ... Three Stars, but solidly so.
Reviewer: Albert Schlef - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 19, 2009
Subject: Review
Well. The ending sequence made me shed a tear or two.
Reviewer: vita45 - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 11, 2009
Subject: Strangely good!
Eerie opening (and closing) sequence is remarkable. Boyish leading man, likable AND deep, with a sixth sense. Good acting, photography, and dialogue. Good suspense. Definitely worth a watch.
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